The Summer-Dry Project is an on-going initiative to provide inspiration for gardeners in summer-dry, mediterranean climates with plant descriptions and authentic on-site photos that encourage sustainable garden practices.
We want to change the aesthetic of what gardeners typically see in garden photos, tailored specifically here for summer-dry climates. Beautiful photos of beautiful gardens inspire gardeners to mimic what they see. At Summer-Dry you will find a searchable database of photos, all taken in mature gardens that illustrate how plants grow in real settings. Our blog showcases outstanding, climate adapted plants for this special ecoregion.
We are also helping to update the landscape plant database, WUCOLS, (Water Use Classification of Landscape Species) that guides gardeners and designers to determine water use in compliance with the California Model Efficiency Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), the State mandated ordinance to increase water efficiency standards for new and retrofitted landscapes.